Mrs. Parkington (1944)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Romance

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A widowed matriarch reminisces about her family fortunes, including her romance with a financier/mine owner.

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  • Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in Mrs. Parkington (1944)
  • Edward Arnold and Tom Drake in Mrs. Parkington (1944)
  • Tom Drake and Frances Rafferty in Mrs. Parkington (1944)
  • Tom Drake and Frances Rafferty in Mrs. Parkington (1944)
  • Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in Mrs. Parkington (1944)
  • Greer Garson, Edward Arnold, Rod Cameron, Helen Freeman, and Lee Patrick in Mrs. Parkington (1944)

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30 July 2006 | hrd1963
Greer Garson and Walter Pigeon were one of the great romantic teams of the 1940s but both were too old (particularly Pigeon) for their roles in this disappointing film version of the popular Louis Bromfield novel. Pigeon is simply miscast; he is too much the gentleman to ever be convincing as the boorish, philandering Major "Gus" Parkington. As his wife, Susie, Garson, wearing a dark wig (and looking rather like Yvonne DeCarlo), ages from a naive young woman to the crusty, 84 year old family matriarch. The characterization is never believable but her scenes as the elderly Mrs. Parkington are especially objectionable (she's too arch). Neither Garson or Pigeon is particularly well-aided by a meandering script that fails to adequately clarify the relationships among the family members or takes the time to develop the various characters. Consequently, one simply doesn't care what happens to the members of the Parkington dynasty. The supporting cast...among them, Edward Arnold, Lee Patrick, Dan Duryea, Cecil Kellaway, Frances Rafferty and Tom competent but only Agnes Moorehead, in a rare sympathetic turn as Pigeon's ex-mistress, and Gladys Cooper, as Pigeon and Garson's dypsomaniacal daughter, manage to make a significant impression.

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